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German Court Rules That Burning A Synagogue Is Legitimate Criticism Of Israel

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So now it’s okay to attack Jews in Germany. Why do I feel like I’ve heard this story before?

Douglas Ernst, Washington Times:

A German regional court has ruled that three men who used Molotov cocktails in July 2014 to torch a synagogue were not influenced by anti-Semitism.

A Wuppertal judge last Friday upheld a lower court’s 2015 ruling that German-Palestinians convicted of arson against the city’s synagogue did so merely to “criticize Israel” and “bring attention to the Gaza conflict.” Fire damage caused by 31-year-old Mohamad E., 26-year-old Ismail A. and 20-year-old Mohammad A. (full names withheld by German authorities) totaled almost $850.

Without their full names, it’s pretty tough to tell anything about those three guys. It sounds like they’re political science majors, maybe? No country should be above criticism, I suppose, and Israel is no exception. These young scholars have the right to express their opinion, via the medium of arson.

As always, my condolences go out to the real victims here: the Muslim community. I’m sorry for the hatred you’re enduring because of the actions of others. Be strong. Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim.